Legacy of Colonel F.W. Toll, DSO, VD

In the 1930's Frederick Toll donated a large collection maps and papers to the State Library of Queensland, it is through this collection that we can uncover his significant career as a citizen-soldier.

Whilst a young accountant Fred Toll joined the Kennedy Regiment in Charters Towers, where he was commissioned on 2 February 1892 and promoted Captain in 1897.

In January 1900, Toll sailed with the 2nd Queensland Contingent for service in the Second Boer War, where he joined in the attempted occupation of South Africa; he returned home in December 1900.

Cloth map, annotated, Transvaal & surrounding Territories, 1899. OM70-43 Item 49

5th Contingent (Queensland Imperial Bushmen)

Not ten years later he again volunteered to lead the 3rd Battalion, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Forces (AN&MEF) to occupy German Papua New Guinea. His papers detail the daily routine of the Garrison forces, and surveillance of the civilian population

Correspondence, Battalion Orders. OM70-43

Corporal F.V. Toll, killed in action Gallipoli 8.8.1915

31st Recorder, v.1 no.1 1915

Wandilla

The 31st Battalion under the command of Fred Toll fought at Fromelles in July 1916 (where he earned the DSO), Bapaume in March 1917 and Polygon Wood that September.

The 31st Battalion under the command of Fred Toll fought at Fromelles in July 1916 (where he earned the DSO), Bapaume in March 1917 and Polygon Wood that September.

Toll having been seriously injured and gassed at the Battle of Polygon Wood, was evacuated to England in January 1918, where he served out the remainder of his appointment.

National Archives of Australia, F.W. Toll


National Archives of Australia, F.W. Toll

 Further reading

Marg Powell

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I am researching my great uncle who was in 31st Battalion, B company, killed at Battle of Fromelles .Are the maps available to public, and do I need to book a time to see them?Kind regards Louise

Marg , the Fromelles Battle was in July 1916. Also Fred was gassed & seriously injured in the Battle of Polygon Wood in Sept 1917 & was evacuated roughly a month later. He was also a founding member of the RSSALA in Brisbane.

2 Companies of 31st Bn joined in Broadmeadows before the whole Battalion embarked for overseas on 5th/9th November 1915,